Opening arguments have begun in Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, with prosecutors saying they'll prove Trump was no “innocent bystander” but the “inciter in chief” of the deadly attack at the Capitol aimed at overturning his election loss to Joe Biden.
House Impeachment Manager Rep. Ted Lieu argued, "President Donald J. Trump ran out of non-violent options to maintain power," and spurred the riotous mob on January 6th.
Showing many of the threats Trump tweeted, Lieu told the impeachment trial jurors: "He was coming for you, for Democratic and Republican senators. He was coming for all of us."
The first several hours of Wednesday's presentation relied on a lawyerly recitation of months of incendiary quotations and speeches from Trump, with lawmakers calmly working to link his statements to the violence that ensued.
The arguments were a lead-up to emotionally charged videos that lawmaker expect to show later in the case.
Prosecutors at Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday said Trump fired up his supporters with lies about a stolen election and followed up with an invitation to a Jan. 6 rally near the White House.
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